My husband and I talk to each other about spiritual matters often. But when the conversation turns to the Trinity, I admit — I am totally overwhelmed. We go in circles over it, neither of us fully understanding the concept, but both of us accepting it by faith. I’ve read about the Trinity and know that they are three distinctive roles, but together, they are one. I’ve heard the Trinity compared to the following:
- An egg: The yolk, the white, and the shell… three separate components, one egg.
- A light: The switch, the wire, and the bulb… three separate components, one light.
- A clover: Three leaves… one clover.
- Water: liquid, steam, ice… one substance.
I understand all of that. But before we go much further, let’s define who makes up the Trinity:
- God, the Father and Creator
- Jesus, the Son and Savior
- Holy Spirit, the Comforter and Counselor
Three distinct roles. All adding up to one person — God. And all three have always been; one did not create the others. In Genesis, when we read the creation story, God doesn’t refer to “I,” He refers to “Us” and “Our.” Plural.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” ~Genesis 1:26
So God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit have always existed as one. God didn’t make Jesus. Jesus is God in human form. God didn’t make the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has always been a part of God.
I can’t fully wrap my brain around it either, but there are plenty of passages in the Bible that refer to the distinctive roles of the Trinity, but confirm they are One.
For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. ~1 John 5:7-8
I’m not going to try to delve any deeper into trying to explain the three-in-one Trinity because honestly, it goes over my head. I accept, by faith, that this is one of those truths that I will not fully understand this side of heaven. I accept that God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are One, with three distinctive roles to play in my life.
However, the title of this blog is “Prayers to the Trinity,” so that’s what we are going to discuss today…
On Sunday morning, after I read my Bible, I opened up my email for my daily message from In Touch Ministries. The message was about having a friendship with Jesus. This particular paragraph sums it up beautifully:
As believers learn more about God, they rightly elevate Him to be the Lord of their life and acknowledge Him as sovereign Ruler over all the earth. It is easier to think of one so high and mighty as Creator, Savior, and Lord than to “lower” Him to the position of a friend. But Jesus makes a point of telling His disciples that He is both a transcendent deity—the Son of God—and their companion (John 15:15).
I’ve written about God wanting to be our friend, but this particular message really hit me today.
Every morning, I write my prayers in a prayer journal. I tend to address my prayers to “Lord,” and every now and then, I pray to “Heavenly Father.” But as my best friend, shouldn’t I call Him by name?
Then, I began to wonder… am I supposed to pray to God, to Jesus, or the Holy Spirit?
It’s easy to understand a father; it’s easy to understand a son. Therefore, my prayers have always been focused on God the Father and Jesus the Son… But never The Holy Spirit because I find His role in the Trinity the most complicated to understand. However, I have been hugely convicted of this today and while I don’t usually share my prayer journal with others, I’m going to make an exception:
Lord, I want to bring everything to You, just as I would to a best friend. I want to listen to what You have to say to me. I want to learn to pray to everyone in the Trinity — all three of You are important parts of this best friend relationship I want to grow and cultivate. Teach me to pray comfortably to each of You… to call You each by name (because that’s what friends do!)
God, thank you for creating me. You made our beautiful world and though the world could use a Denise. I am grateful for the life You have given me. I am thankful for the world You created. I am thankful for Your incredible grace and love… A love so great that You sent Your Son, Jesus.
And to Jesus, thank you for coming to the world and dying for my sins. Thank You for bridging the chasm that separated me from God, Your Father. Jesus, You are a holy, perfect man who showed us how to live. You are a model against whom I should measure my life.
And Holy Spirit, You’ve given me great comfort in the last few weeks and months. And yet, I’ve failed to thank You or acknowledge You. You are living within me and You are the one who quiets my anxieties and worries. I admit that in my prayers, I default my prayers to God the Father and Jesus the Son, but I want to include You. I’m sorry I haven’t. You know my heart and know that I’m very grateful for Your presence in my life. Please speak to me often and nudge me along in the right direction. Let me know what to do and when I’ve done wrong. Tell me so I can ask for forgiveness quickly. Please convict me of actions that threaten to compromise my faith in the eyes of others.
Thank You to each of You who are one… I don’t fully understand the Trinity, but I trust it. I trust each of You and am thankful for the distinct roles You each play in my life.
My lessons I learned this morning are:
- It’s okay to call them by name. “Lord,” is fine, but He has a name. It’s Jesus. “Heavenly Father” is an apt description, but again, He has a name. It’s God.
- I need to include the Holy Spirit in my prayers.
I have written about 3D prayers (here, here, and here), but perhaps I should revise that to make it a 4D prayer… We’ll see. In the meantime, this is what I’m working on in my faith journey — revising the way I speak to God the Father and Jesus the Son, and including the Holy Spirit in my prayers.
The three distinctive roles of the Trinity comprise the One who is my best friend. It’s time I started to speak to them as such.